Sarah Haan Class of 1958 Uncas and Anne McThenia Professor of Law

Phone: 540-458-8016


Office: Lewis Hall 471

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Area of Expertise

Business Associations, Corporate Governance, Corporate Disclosure, First Amendment, Corporate Political Speech


BA, Yale University

JD, Columbia Law School


Sarah C. Haan writes at the intersection of corporate law and democracy, on subjects such as corporate governance, shareholder voting rights, and disclosure. She is currently on leave as a visiting professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Professor Haan's scholarship has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Northwestern University Law Review, and other leading journals, and has been featured in the New York Times, the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, and the CLS Blue Sky Blog. Her article, "Corporate Governance and the Feminization of Capital," which was published in the Stanford Law Review, was chosen as one of the ten best corporate and securities law review articles of 2022 by peers in the field. In 2024, Professor Haan will convene the Berle Symposium (Berle XVI) at the Adolf A. Berle, Jr. Center on Corporations, Law & Society on "The Corporation at the Intersection of Law and Information."

Professor Haan received a B.A. in History from Yale University and a law degree from Columbia Law School, where she was an articles editor of the Columbia Law Review. Prior to joining legal academia, Professor Haan worked in the litigation department at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, and as a Teach For America teacher in Compton, California. Professor Haan is admitted to the bar of New York State, to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Select Recent Publications

"Voting Rights in Corporate Governance: History and Political Economy," 96 S. CAL. L. REV. __ (forthcoming 2024)

"Corporate Governance and the Feminization of Capital," 74 Stan. L. Rev. 515 (2022)

  • Voted one of the Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles of 2022 by peers in the field, per the CORPORATE PRACTICE COMMENTATOR.

"Boards in Informational Governance," 23 U. Pa. J. Bus. L. 179 (2020) (with Faith Stevelman)  

"The Post-Truth First Amendment," 94 Ind. L. J. 1351 (2019)  

"Shareholder Proposal Settlements and the Private Ordering of Public Elections," 126 Yale L. J. 262 (2016)